Medexter Healthcare develops and markets knowledge-based systems for clinical decision support. The aim of these high-tech software solutions is to promote quality assurance and patient safety in diagnosis, therapy, prognosis, and patient management.
Given the growing complexity of medical data and processes, these systems have become indispensable. They save the effort of performing repetitive and laborious work steps, thus allowing physicians and medical personnel to devote more time and attention to patient care. The purposes of our innovative software solutions are three-fold:
- to safeguard medical quality and improve patient care,
- to allow comprehensive quality management that takes into account medical workflows and administrative conditions, and
- to achieve efficient and cost-effective utilization of the available resources.
Arden Syntax: Technical Integration I (July 7, 2014)—The Arden Syntax server harbors the Arden Syntax medical logic modules (MLMs). These knowledge packages are written, tested, and compiled using the integrated Arden Syntax development environment (IDE). To connect the server with host systems and data sources, Medexter offers three basic forms of technical integration into different health information technology (IT) environments. Using the first form of integration, MLM and event calls are realized by SOAP or RESTful web services, with the respective service also transferring the necessary data required for MLM processing. Examples are (a) the connection between Medexter's Arden Syntax server and Siemens' hospital information system i.s.h.med via SOAP web services, and (b) calling of and providing data for the iPhone and iPad App Hepaxpert via RESTful web services.
Arden Syntax: Technical Integration II (July 7, 2014)—The second form of interconnecting Medexter's suite of Arden Syntax software with host systems and external patient data sources is to call MLMs and events through SOAP or RESTful web services, but to access patient data directly from data sources through a so-called server connector (being an add-on to the Arden Syntax server). This server connector can be used to query patient data through SOAP or RESTful web services that are offered by the host system to access its data, or it comes as a database connector that connects directly to a database to access data (e.g., SQL database). In addition, the server connector can also be developed in such a way as to access data in arbitrary formats (e.g., XML). Technically, the server connector is a template for realizing various operable connectors. Examples are (a) the connection of Medexter's Arden Syntax server with the EPIC hospital information system (via web services provided by EPIC), (b) with the VistA system by the Department of Veterans Affairs (again through web services, here provided by VistA), and (c) accessing SQL databases through Medexter's database connector to obtain patient data from routine patient databases or from databases for research (and teaching).